While it was said a few months ago that the creator of Sonic is saying goodbye to the game industry after the defeat of his new game, he has now abandoned his decision. And back to the world of video game creation. However, this time it is going to develop lighter and smaller projects.
Yuji Naka, the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, has just announced that he has decided to enter the world Walk independent games. About a week ago, on his birthday, he tweeted that he was celebrating his 56th birthday and announced that he wanted to return to game design and that he wanted to learn to code for the game again.
"Thank you for your birthday greetings," he wrote. I am now 56 years old. I have recently started learning how to program again and I am currently working on a simple game for smartphones using Unity. I build it myself, so don't expect a huge project. But I enjoy programming it. I hope you can play it when it becomes available. "
After the poor performance of Balan Wonderworld, Naka confirmed in June that it had left Square Enix and was planning to retire. At the time, he wrote on Twitter: "Due to media and user inquiries, I can confirm that I resigned from Square Enix at the end of April 2021. I can't tell you why right now, but I hope I can talk about it when the time comes. "I'm 55 years old about my future activities, so I may retire." Balan Wonderworld was released in March of this year and received rave reviews. The average score of the game in Metacritic on various platforms has been between 36 and 51, which indicates the very poor performance of this game. Even commercially, its performance seems disappointing.
To develop Balan Wonderworld, Yogi Naka set up a new studio called Balan Company in Square Enix, one of the industry's most experienced developers, including Naoto Oshima. (Naoto Ohshima) was formed. Oshima is the artist who created the original design for Sonic. Is.